Members of Shell Knob Flotilla receives recognitions at annual regional Coast Guard Auxiliary banquet held recently

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shell Knob Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 5 received several recognitions at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 5 Change of Watch Banquet held in Branson this year.

The Shell Knob Flotilla was awarded Outstanding Flotilla for 2007. The organization received an honorary runner-up recognition for vessel safety checks and outstanding newsletter.

The auxiliary's other recognitions included: most on-the-water patrols; best operational support; most recreational boating safety visits; and outstanding public education.

In addition to the awards the auxiliary won as a group, several members of the local organization received special recognitions.

Diane Spirk was recognized for outstanding crew patrols, and Leo Horvath received recognition as an outstanding instructor. An outstanding public affairs award was given to Phillip Bailey, and Jerry Domann was recognized for recreational boating safety visits.

Richard Hunt received a runner-up award for outstanding vessel safety checks, and Mary Horvath received runner-up recognition for outstanding operational support.

Division 5 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary includes five area Flotillas, three in Missouri and two in Arkansas. The Change of Watch Banquet is held each year to recognize new officers and outstanding achievements.

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